Geopolitical Events Dominate Wall Street's Attention Today

Overnight the Bank of Japan held interest rates steady and issued an upbeat view of the global economy.
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Overnight the Bank of Japan held interest rates steady and issued an upbeat view of the global economy. The central bank revised up its views on exports and output. A series of positive economic data has bolstered sentiment surrounding the world's third-largest economy. German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke out this morning about the truck attack at a Christmas market in Berlin. She said it would be 'repugnant' if it was carried out by a refugee seeking a safe haven in Germany. German media is quoting security sources who say they believe the suspected driver of the truck, which plowed through the market, killing 15 people, is a 23-year-old Pakistani asylum seeker. Facebook (FB) - Get Report Messenger now lets you video chat with up to 50 people. For the first six participants, the app will stream everyone's camera feed to a grid-like view. After 6, the dominant speaker will appear on the screen.